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Grand jury indictment on two felony charges
District Judge Russell Wilson has set a $5,000 bond in the case of Encinal Police Chief Roy Vallejo, who was taken into custody last week on felony charges handed down in a grand jury indictment.
Vallejo surrendered to Frio County law enforcement officers in Pearsall on Tuesday afternoon, November 24, shortly after the district court judge signed the indictment charging him in connection with the theft of a shotgun.
Currently employed as the chief of police for the city of Encinal, Vallejo was magistrated on the afternoon of his arrest. The defendant was subsequently released from the Frio County Jail after his attorney posted the surety bond.
The career officer is a native of Carrizo Springs but was employed in the past at the Dilley Police Department, where he was issued with a shotgun. According to investigators, Vallejo neglected to return the firearm when he left the Dilley PD. He allegedly later offered the gun as payment for some mechanic work, and the mechanic then tried selling the gun to a Dimmit County officer, who checked the weapon’s serial number and found that it had been listed as stolen.
The case was investigated by the Texas Rangers and is being prosecuted by the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Vallejo faces two third-degree felony charges in connection with the alleged theft and, if convicted of either or both, will be required to surrender his peace officer license.